Hey everyone! One thing I’ve always wanted to start sharing are my own version of favorite posts (or videos, etc.). One of my current favorite things is podcasts! When I’m not in the mood for music (which, in my defense, is rare) and am craving some form of long-form listening — podcasts are my go-to.
Because I love spreading love and awareness for the things I’m obsessed with (naturally), I figured I’d share with all of you some of my fave podcasts to listen to when I need a pick-me-up. I consume all of my podcasts on Spotify and each of these podcasts I talk about can be streamed there.
For any and every Potterhead out there looking for a good HP-related podcast to listen to, look no further. Potterless is recorded by Mike Schubert, who is arguably one of the funniest people I’ve listened to in a long time, who has never read a single Harry Potter book. Did I mention he’s well into his 20’s? Yes, the central idea behind this podcast is the journey of a grown-ass man reading a bunch of children’s and young adult novels for the first time. He has a bevy of guests (all of which have read and re-read HP and are hyper-familiar with the content) to break down each book, chapter by chapter.
Honestly, the commentary is hilarious. The humorous comments alone is enough to start listening. My favorite running joke throughout the podcast series is his anti-quidditch rants. He’s got a sports/athletic background and is a big basketball fan, which helps back up his issues with Quidditch. But, I guarantee there’s enough laughs for everyone to enjoy upon first listen. It’s even funnier if you’re like me and have read, re-read, and consumed too much Harry Potter content in your lifetime.
2. True Crime Obsessed
True Crime Obsessed (TCO) is all about true crime (duh.) Gillian Pensavalle and Patrick Hinds are the hosts behind the podcast and their banter is E V E R Y T H I N G. Each week, the two hosts talk about and break down a different true crime documentary or docu-series and add their own comedic twist to all of it. It’s great for everyone who’s obsessed with true crime and loves to laugh. Their chemistry is the best and they totally feed off of each other which only adds to the comedic aspect of it all. Patrick and Gillian have a knack for making you feel like you’re just sitting in the living room, drinking and binging true crime content with your best friends, and that makes for genuine fun and quality laughs and content.
3. The Jenna and Julien Podcast
I’m totally biased on this one, because JennaMarbles is arguably my favorite YouTuber. Her and longtime boyfriend and fellow YouTube content creator Julien Solomita upload their podcasts to both YouTube and mainstream podcast/audio streaming services every Monday. It’s essentially a long-form, sit-down version of the type of content you’d expect to see in their respective weekly videos. They do everything from playing games, sorting themselves into Harry Potter houses, covering relative Youtube news and online content with a fresh perspective, and updating us on their 4 dogs (among many other things). They’ve even done multiple “car-casts”, where they podcast from their car as they drive around downtown LA.
4. Crime Junkie Podcast
Hosted by Ashley Flowers and Britt Prawat, this podcast covers mainly unsolved true crime cases from all over the United States (with the occasional international case sprinkled in). The amount of research that Ashley and Britt put into each case is insane (in the best way) and makes for very detailed and fascinating podcast episodes. I love that they’re so open to taking in and researching cases that are requested by listeners, especially if it affects them personally. They do a great job of bringing to light lesser-known cold cases in hopes of bringing nation-wide awareness to these injustices.
5. Collider Live!
I’ve been following Collider for all of it’s film news for about 5 years now, and I love all the content they put out. If you’re familiar with Schmoes Know and their old Schmoes Know podcast/weekly show format, co-creator Kristian Harloff takes that format and doesn’t just adjust it, he and his fellow hosts flip it on its head — and thus, gives us all the creation of Collider Live! With a fire cast of great people from the online community, Collider Live includes a whole ton of self-proclaimed “news and nonsense”.
They talk movie and tv news (though I use that loosely); as well as talk about their lives; and share hilarious videos, jokes, and memes they’ve seen with the viewers and listeners. It’s very much like an old-school radio show in the best way possible. When I’m not working, I tune in live I and watch on Youtube, which is something unique to the show. (Hence the “Live” aspect). Cody and Alex, who are the tech producers running the booth aspect, have some of the best comedic timing. They take the best sound clips from various people and references from previous episodes and use them to their advantage.
On top of all the hilarity that ensues, Collider Live! has locked down some BOMB guest interviews. Everyone from Jean Claude Van Damme, to Alexandra Daddario, to Frank Grillo have all been in studio for an interview. The best part? The Collider Live! Crew really prides themselves on having no filter, “shooting the shit” and making for great, genuine interactions from guests and the hosts that you really don’t see anywhere else. They really create room for spontaneity, and like the hosts all say “That’s the Show!”
Collider Live airs Monday through Friday at 1pm EST/10am PST. You can stream it on Youtube or listen wherever you stream your podcasts, just search “Collider Live!” But, what if you can’t be there to watch live? Don’t fret! If you can’t catch it whe it airs on Youtube and on your go-to podcast audio apps, they upload the stream later in the day, so it’s archived and readily available for you to consume.
I’m sure I’ll be doing a part two, or a different iteration, of “my favorite podcasts” in the near future, as I’m constantly discovering and binging new content as frequently as possible. In the meantime, I hope you check out my suggestions above! Leave me a comment letting me know if and when you do, what your thoughts are, and any podcast recommendations you may have for me. Until the next one, signing off.